What To Do If You’re Marooned In Snow

Winter is a wonderful time of the year in Mexico, Fulton, Columbia, Centralia, Paris, Martinsburg, or Laddonia, particularly when a new coating of snow covers everything. Winter may also be an extremely dangerous time of year. If you plan on traveling during the long cold winter, it's good to be fully prepared for winter driving and to have winter car supplies in your motor vehicle. Unfortunately, being stuck along the side of the highway in heavy winter conditions is not uncommon. Ben’s Auto Body in Mexico, Missouri has provided these tips to help you in case you ever find yourself in that situation.

auto body collision repair center mexico mo bens auto body central missouriIn Case You Are Stuck While Driving In Snowy Conditions:

1.   If you have access to a phone, call 911 to get help. When you talk to authorities, be ready to:

  • Describe the location, condition of your fellow travelers and the difficulty you are experiencing.
  • Listen for questions.
  • Follow any instruction. You might be told you should stay where you are to assist rescuers or to go back to the scene.
  • Do not hang up until you know whom you have talked with and what'll happen next.

2.   Walking in a storm can be extremely risky. You can easily lose your way, wander out of reach, become fatigued, collapse, and risk your life. Your car or truck itself is a great shelter.

3.   Attempting to push your car, attempting to jack it into another position or shoveling snow takes great effort in storm conditions. You may risk heart attack or other injury.

4.   The storm will end and you will be discovered. Don't work enough to get hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation quality making you more susceptible to the effects of hypothermia.

5.   Keep fresh air in your vehicle. It's far better to be chilly or cold and conscious than to be comfortably warm and slide into unconsciousness. Freezing-wet or wind driven Central Missouri snow may plug your automobile's exhaust system causing deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your automobile.

6.   Do not run the engine unless you are certain the exhaust pipe is clear of snow or other objects. Keep your radiator clear of snow to prevent the engine from getting hot. Run the engine at ten minute intervals for heat.

7.   Switch on the dome light at night, but only when running the engine.

8.   Keep your blood circulating freely by loosening tight clothing, changing positions regularly, and moving your legs and arms. Huddle close to one another. Rub your hands together or stick them under your armpits or between your legs. Remove your shoes once in a while and massage your feet.

9.   Do not expect to be comfortable. The goal is to survive until you are located.

10.   Make yourself visible to rescuers. Tie a bright cloth to your antenna or door handle.

When you get out of danger, your vehicle may have some cosmetic or internal damage. If so, think about taking your vehicle to Ben’s Auto Body in Mexico, MO. They have auto body experts prepared to take care of any damage that your car might have sustained.